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    Japan Market E500 Euro Headlights Now Appear NLA

    The last market to buy new Hella E500 headlights (Japan) and then swap lenses to US/left hand traffic now appear NLA.

    I bought a pair of Hella E500 headlights in June and received them for one of Jono's mechanics. Ordered another set for my personal inventory in July and they are not in stock with no scheduled delivery. Will give the Seller another month before I request a refund through my proxy bid service.

    If this holds, then there are no more available, save for maybe one side of the US headlights.

    E500 lenses appear to be still available, though.

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    Re: Japan Market E500 Euro Headlights Now Appear NLA

    Japan/UK lenses are also not available anymore.

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    Re: Japan Market E500 Euro Headlights Now Appear NLA

    When NLA for headlamp glass and assembly's does that mean NLA for good? Or have they ever made a come back before?
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    Re: Japan Market E500 Euro Headlights Now Appear NLA

    Something like 12 years ago the lenses (and/or lamps?) went NLA for a bit, and everyone panicked, but there was indeed another production run.

    However... today, I'd be shocked if MB had another production run commissioned without massive demand (i.e, hundreds of orders). They're not operating under the same rules / business model today.

    I really, really hope I'm wrong.


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    Re: Japan Market E500 Euro Headlights Now Appear NLA

    The lenses don’t have much effect on the beam pattern; rather it’s the reflectors that you need to worry about. So a proper conversion of RHD to LHD lights would involve changing both the lenses and reflectors.

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    Re: Japan Market E500 Euro Headlights Now Appear NLA

    They're not operating under the same rules / business model today.
    Another company that's lost its way due to being overrun by bean counters, bankers and business school grads who couldn't care less whether they sold widgets or cars. I'd never buy one of their new cars. Sad.
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    Re: Japan Market E500 Euro Headlights Now Appear NLA

    I have 14 spare w124 Euro LH traffic (non E500E lenses) headlamp assembly's. I would let a couple pairs go if anyone else wants to hoard the lamp assembly.

    Then if you can locate the appropriate E500E LH traffic lenses either new or used then those can be swapped on. LH traffic refers to countries which drive on the left side of the road such as the UK
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    Re: Japan Market E500 Euro Headlights Now Appear NLA

    Various parts that have gone "NLA" have come back with new production in the past. For things like headlights and other parts that often get damaged -- and thus have some demand over time -- I would expect that additional production runs would happen in the future.

    So while I am probably among the most pessimistic folks out there, I am not totally willing to write this one off, at least for RHD countries' headlights and lenses.

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